After the disappointment of Jupiter Ascending and the highs of The Duke of Burgundy it’s time to take a look at March is offering up for us. Now there’s a lot out there this month including Oscar wining dramas, animation, sci-fi adventure and even some Shakespearean theatre. Here’s my top ten list of films to check out this month…
This comedy about a woman struggling to be bisexual whilst also fulfilling her family’s demands on her being a model Persian daughter currently holds a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It looks set to be a funny and quietly moving film which interestingly is directed by its star Desiree Akhavan. Appropriate Behaviour arrives in UK theaters on the 6th March.
Neill Blomkamp is a name that everybody has been talking about recently, ever since he posted concept art for an unapproved Alien film and has since been officially given the project due to overwhelming public support. So even if Chappie didn’t look interesting itself it would still be intriguing to see Weaver in a Blomkamp film in the lead up to Alien 5. Thankfully though this film about a lovable police robot who gains sentience is receiving a lot of critical and audience praise and hopefully it will be as exciting as it will emotionally engaging. Chappie also opens on the 6th March.
Here’s the first of two movies on this list in which Kristen Stewart holds a lead role. I have never seen Twilight and have only seen Stewart in a handful of supporting roles so I’m going to go into this one fairly open; the negative things I have heard about her should be counteracted by the recent praise she has been receiving. The film itself is largely about this very issue, it plays with our perceptions of the actresses on screen as it investigates fame and acting via Binoche’s character being involved in the revival of a stage play. Here’s to hoping that this film focuses on character development and insightful writing as opposed to endless takes and imaginary superheroes following the lead around. Clouds of Sils Maria arrives in UK cinemas on the 15th.
Maxine Peake’s Hamlet has received incredible reviews and sold out shows so it’s very exciting to see the filmed version hit cinemas later on this month. The concept of switching the gender of several of the lead characters may seem like it’s a little obvious but by all reports the play avoids coming across as cliched, and is as powerful as it is experimental. Hamlet comes to theatres on the 23rd.
This drama about a single mother who is struggling to cope with her challenging ADHD son is sweeping up awards left and right and most critics are raving about the two lead performances. It doesn’t promise that it will be an easy watch, in fact it boldly goes for the exact opposite with it’s experimental approach and raw subject matter. Mommy will appear on our screens on the 20th.
Sea Without Shore tells the story of a woman who loses her soul-mate and who emotionally dissolves as a result. Through stream of consciousness narration and fragments of poetry from the 16th and 19th centuries the film will chronicle the grieving lover’s journey into the consuming world of the subconsciousness. Sea Without Shore opens on the 5th of March.
Here’s the film which I’m most excited about this month. As anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a huge fan of Julianne Moore and so have been eager to see this film for a long time. This is the sort of complex role which Moore is so good at sinking her teeth into, and her recent Oscar win does nothing but confirm that this is a must see this month. Still Alice opens in UK cinemas on the 6th.
Suite Française‘s war time narrative caught my attention due to its exciting cast which amongst others includes Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson, Eileen Atkins and Sam Riley. Now I’m not too often a fan of war films but I have a lot of faith in both Williams and Schoenaerts to capture the necessary anguish for this war tragedy about the love affair between a French villager and a German soldier. Suite Française appears on our screens on the 13th.
It’s always a celebration when a new Studio Ghibli film reaches us in the UK and so this film was pretty much guaranteed to make my list. Interestingly here the studio have opted for a different visual style here compared to what they normally produce and, although I do love how their film’s normally look, I am pretty excited to see how this fluid and rather beautiful style blends with the folk tale elements of this film. Princess Kaguya will wind its way into cinemas on the 20th March.
This movie is summarised as ‘inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode’ which grabbed my attention straight away. The other thing which made this stand out for me was the rave reviews it has been receiving; it seems that nearly everything thinks this is a wildly entertaining and hilarious satire and I’ve been urged by several people to go and see it. Wild Tales arrives on our screens on the 27th.
So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Be sure to let me know in the comment box below!